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March 3, 2011 3:10:12 PM

hi,
I want to build myself a new computer and here are the specs:
AMD Athlon II x4 3.0Ghz (socket AM3)
Gainward nVidia GeForce GTS450, 1024MB, GDDR5, HDMI
GIGABYTE GA-MA78LMT-US2H, AMD 760G, AM3, 4xDual channel DDR3 1666(OC), VGA ATI Radeon HD 3000, 1xPCIEXP16x, 1xPCIEXP1x, 8CH, Gigabit LAN, SATAII, RAID 0, 1, 10, JBOD, eSATA, ATA133, DVI, HDMI, 5200MTs, mATX
2GB 1333MHz KINGMAX DDR3 (240) PC10600 FLFE8-DDR3-2G1333
1 TB SAMSUNG, 7200RPM, SATAII, 32MB/ NCQ/ F3 HD103SJ
DVD-/ +RW SAMSUNG 22XDVD-R, 6XDVD-RW, 22XDVD+R, 8XDVD+RW, 12XDVD-R DL, 16XDVD+R DL, 12XDVD-RAM, 2MB BUFFER, SATA, BULK
Nox Midi Tower NX-1evo, 3 fans
RAIDMAX RX-520, 520W, 20P+4P, 12cm blue led fan 1500rpm, SECC NEGRU, w/ SATAx2, BLACK
This computer will be used for gaming, but if something is too much please tell me!
Thanks

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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
March 3, 2011 3:24:38 PM

It will work, but it's not the best idea.

First, I'd save some money by dropping the X4 to an X3 435. Quad cores aren't that great for gaming for their price. Also, the X3s have the potential to be "unlocked" which can add a fourth core. That extra money would be better spent on the GPU.

Second, that RAIDMAX PSU is a horrible choice. Pick up something like any of Antec's low wattage Earthwatts offerings. They're usually reasonable priced and typically high quality. Check prices against Corsair, SeaSonic, Silverstone or FSP in the low wattage ranges, as they're all generally very good quality as well. You'll want to look for a unit that's got at least 380-400W and is at least 80+ Certified. Or for this price range, you could get a larger (i.e. greater than 500W) unit from OCZ. They're not the best quality, but they're cheap and at least decent.

Third, the GTS 450 isn't the best choice, even at it's price. The HD 5770 is also around $100 (mostly after rebates), but it's more powerful. I'd definitely go with the 5770 here. If the other changes free up enough money, you could step up to the GTX 460, but I'd prefer to get a larger PSU (650W) and pair it with the ASRock 870 Extreme3 for the ability to add a second 5770 in Crossfire later.

Fourth, I don't like the choice in the board. It's an older model. Instead, I'd look at something more like the ASRock 770 Extreme3 (way overpriced right now at $90. For that, you can get the 870, which has a lot more features) or ASRock 870 Extreme4 (Crossfire enabled).

Fifth, 2 GB of RAM is pretty low. I know you can get a 2x2 GB DDR3 1600 mhz set for only $40, so you should defintiely get that.

Finally, I don't know exactly what case that is, but I've never heard of Nox. That's generally not a good sign, but the fact it has three fans improves that. I'd still look at other, more well-known and well reviewed options. Look at the Rosewill Destroyer, Rosewill Challenger, Antec VSK-2000, Antec Two Hundred, Antec 300, Antec 300 Illusion, Coolermaster Elite, or Coolermaster Centurion 5 instead. They're all budget cases that are great quality and have great performance. I don't find myself recommend much that's more expensive than the Rosewill Challenger or Antec 300 Illusion.
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
March 3, 2011 3:27:58 PM

Hello horatiuf4;

What resolution monitor will you be using with that GTS 450?

CPU/MB/RAM Good/OK/OK Are there any 770 motherboards in the same price range?

HDD/ODD -Good!

GPU/PSU Good GPU! / PSU -maybe OK. Do you have a link for that PSU? How much are you paying for it?
I have a 2005 review for a Raidmax RX 520 A 2005 era PSU in a 2011 system build. Not sure that's a good thing.

Case- OK SNox Midi Tower NX-1evo, 3 fans SECC NEGRU, w/ SATAx2, BLACK

Except for the question of the PSU not matching the quality of your other parts, everything you need is there and should work.
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March 3, 2011 6:13:24 PM

Hi again,
A quick question: is the geforce gtx 460 better than the geforce gts 450
a c 84 B Homebuilt system
March 3, 2011 6:17:59 PM

Yes. Lots better. The ranking for the low end gaming cards goes like this: GTS 450, HD 5770 (which is the same price as the GTS 450 over here), GTX 460 768 MB, GTX 460 1 GB.

For a gaming build, I wouldn't want anything less than the HD 5770.
March 4, 2011 1:01:26 PM

Hello again,
I have a new setup which I made taking your advice:
AMD Athlon II x4 3.0Ghz (socket AM3)
GIGABYTE GV-N460SE-1GI, nVidia GeForce GTX 460, PCI-EXPRESS 2.0, 1 GB GDDR5, 730/ 3400Mhz, 256BIT, SLI, 2xDual Link DVI, Mini HDMI, DUAL SLOT
Gigabyte MA770T-UD3, socket AM3
2GB 1333MHz CORSAIR DDR3 (240) PC10600 CL9 VS2GB1333D3
1 TB SAMSUNG, 7200RPM, SATAII, 32MB/ NCQ/ F3 HD103SJ
DVD-/ +RW SAMSUNG 22XDVD-R, 6XDVD-RW, 22XDVD+R, 8XDVD+RW, 12XDVD-R DL, 16XDVD+R DL, 12XDVD-RAM, 2MB BUFFER, SATA, BULK
OCZ 500W STEALTHXSTREAM 2, ACTIVE PFC, 120mm FAN, ATX12V v2.2, 80+, 6-Pin PCI-E
ARCTIC COOLING, SILENTIUM T11, MIDITOWER, SECC, 2x120mm FAN, EXTERNAL: 4x5.25'', INTERNAL : 2x3.5'', 2xUSB 2.0, 2xAUDIO
Also please tell me if your sure that all is good and all the connections are there. I'm really pushing my budget.... :??:  :??: 
Thanks in advance!!!!!!
March 4, 2011 1:27:23 PM

after reading about the gpu I changed the psu to:
CHIEFTEC 500W A135 APS-500S, ACTIVE PFC, 140mm FAN, 80PLUS, OVP/ OCP/ OTP, AFC, ATX2.3 12V
a c 84 B Homebuilt system
March 4, 2011 4:54:56 PM

I'd actually change the PSU back. Chieftec is a really low quality brand. OCZ will be higher quality. I'd also drop from an X4 CPU to an X3. The X3s are more than enough for modern games, and are significantly cheaper. That extra money might buy you a better board (one that supports USB 3/SATA III) or an upgrade to 4 GB of RAM.
March 5, 2011 1:50:38 PM

the video card needs 2 6-pin PCIs from the PSU and the OCZ one has only one..
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
March 5, 2011 1:54:20 PM

The video card accessory pack with have a molex to PCI-e adapter power cable.
Use two 4 pin power leads from the PSU into the adapter and plug the adapter into the second PCI-e power connector on the video card.

March 5, 2011 1:54:45 PM

MadAdmiral said:
I'd actually change the PSU back. Chieftec is a really low quality brand. OCZ will be higher quality. I'd also drop from an X4 CPU to an X3. The X3s are more than enough for modern games, and are significantly cheaper. That extra money might buy you a better board (one that supports USB 3/SATA III) or an upgrade to 4 GB of RAM.

How about this PSU: CORSAIR 500W CMPSU-500CX, ACTIVE PFC, 120mm FAN, OVP/ OPP/ UVP/ SCP, ATX2.3?
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
March 5, 2011 1:56:46 PM

Hold on a second.
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
March 5, 2011 2:01:27 PM

CHIEFTEC A135 APS-500S 500W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Should have 1 6pin PCI-e power lead and 1 6+2pin PCI-e power lead. The 6+2 will work as a 6pin or 8pin.


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Corsair CMPSU-500CX also has 2 PCI-e power connectors and is a better choice than Chieftec.
March 6, 2011 6:46:00 AM

Thanks to all of you!!!
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